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Today: Saturday 13th March

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The age of criminal responsibility should be increased from 10 to 12 years, the children's commissioner for England has said. And the EU is putting the finishing touches to a multi-billion euro bail-out for Greece after weeks of crisis.

The Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has told his party that they are in for the biggest fight of their political lives in the upcoming election. Political correspondent Robin Brant outlines the party's electoral ambitions.

Suicide bombers have killed at least 45 people in Lahore in a challenge to government assertions that crackdowns have weakened Taliban insurgents. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports on the attacks.

The paper review.

British Airways cabin crew are set to go strike affecting tens of thousands of passengers. The Unite union says workers will walk out for three days from the 20 March and for another four days from 27 March. Business and economics reporter Joe Lynam outlines the latest moves in this increasingly bitter dispute.

US investment bank Lehman Brothers disguised its true financial position, failing to disclose its insolvency before later filing for bankruptcy, according to a report by a US court examiner. The report also criticises the investment bank's auditor Ernst and Young for failing to question and challenge improper or inadequate disclosures, which the firm denies. Prem Sikka, professor of accounting at the University of Essex, analyses the external auditor's role in the workings of investment banks.

The passing of private members' bills through parliament before a general election is a race against time, but some celebrity support could help see make an anti-cancer initiative from the Labour MP Julie Morgan into law. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports from the Commons.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Labour peer Baroness Uddin will not be prosecuted over her claims for parliamentary allowances, following an investigation by Scotland Yard. It had been alleged that she claimed tens of thousands of pounds in overnight allowances to which she was not entitled. Angus Robertson MP, the Scottish National Party's leader in Westminster, comments on the outcome of the investigation.

The paper review.

The Today programme has been debating criminal justice this week, including how the system may need to cut costs during tighter public spending. Offenders who go to the charity St Giles Trust after being released from prison are 40% less likely to commit more crimes than offenders generally, according to a report published next week. Sanchia Berg reports on the scheme's success.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order.

The constitutional expert Professor Vernon Bogdanor has argued that serving and former heads of the armed forces are becoming too vocal in their criticism of the government, threatening the constitutional convention by which the armed forces remain politically neutral. Prof Bogdanor and Major General Patrick Cordingley, former commander of 7th Armoured Brigade and vice president of the UK National Defence Association, debate how far former commanders should be allowed to enter the public forum.

The British National Party was yesterday banned from recruiting new members after a court ruled its constitution was illegal. In a landmark ruling, Judge Paul Collins issued an injunction against the far-right group ordering it to comply with equality laws. BNP leader Nick Griffin comments on how the ruling will affect the party.

The EU is poised to reach agreement on a multi-billion euro bail-out for Greece after weeks of crisis, senior officials have told the BBC. The rescue package would provide loans and guarantees for Greece which has been plagued by public anger and strikes in outcry to the country's huge deficit and austerity measures. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt explains the potential rescue deal.

David Askew, a 64-year old man who had learning difficulties, collapsed and died this week after being bullied by local youths. Richard, a 24 year old who has learning difficulties, describes how being harassed by youths has affected his life.

The first man on the moon, the last man on the moon, and the commander of Apollo 13, have all attended a private meeting to discuss their experiences of the lunar landing. Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh met the three space explorers and heard how some of them were dismayed about US plans to abandon manned lunar missions.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Liberal Democrats' leader Nick Clegg has told his party that they are in for the biggest fight of their political lives in the upcoming election, and that the election is "wide open". Mr Clegg discusses his election ambitions and what his party would do in the event of a hung parliament.

The paper review.

One year ago the Royal Hospital Chelsea admitted its first female pensioners, Dorothy Hughes and Winifred Phillips. Ms Hughes describes her first year living surrounded by male counterparts.

The 20th anniversary of England's rugby union defeat against Scotland in 1990 is being examined in a new book, The Grudge. The match is seen as one most celebrated rugby union matches ever, and saw Scotland go on to win the Calcutta Cup and the Grand Slam. Jim Telfer, head coach of the 1990 Scotland team, and Jeremy Guscott, try scorer for England in the match, reflect on the historic confrontation.

David Askew, a 64 year-old who had learning difficulties, died this week after persistent problems with local yobs. The case has raised serious questions about who in society is responsible for tackling anti-social behaviour. David Congdon, head of campaign and policy for Mencap, discusses how the police deal with cases of anti-social behaviour against vulnerable people.



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